Allianz Partners USA recently revealed its Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index, serving as a great source of inspiration for family travelers looking for travel ideas this Thanksgiving. As expected, major U.S. cities and warm-weather international destinations will draw the highest number of American travelers this Thanksgiving.
In fact, Allianz analyzed more than 2 million travel itineraries to discover the most popular domestic and international destinations this year. The company considered roundtrip flights departing from U.S. airports Nov. 19–24 and returning Nov. 25–29.
Allianz found the top domestic destinations for Thanksgiving this year are:
- New York, New York
- Seattle, Washington
- Orlando, Florida
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Los Angeles, California
- Dallas, Texas
- Washington, D.C.
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
For international destinations, the top places Americans travel to this Thanksgiving are:
- Cancún, Mexico
- San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
- London, United Kingdom
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Oranjestad, Aruba
- Paris, France
The study found Mexico dominates many American travelers’ plans, with three cities ranking above any European city. For domestic travel, Allianz noted Seattle’s growing popularity, as well as Phoenix rising on the list.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.